Interior Design Basics That Everyone Should Know

Everyone wants to dabble in interior design to make their homes look a little more beautiful. But maybe that vase selection you chose as a centerpiece is not exactly the focal point you were looking for. Or maybe that patterned shag carpet you’re thinking about replacing with the area rug will break the symmetry of your overall interior design

You see, there are rules to designing an interior. You cannot simply take the first thing you like and try to retrofit it into your space. There are rules to be followed with every small thing that you choose. So before you dabble in some rookie interior designing, here’s a crash course in interior design basic that everyone should know about!


1. Unity

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Unity is basically the element that makes your interior design make some sense. It brings cohesion to the overall design and makes the space look like it belongs. For example, if you look at the space above, you will notice a lot of tonal dissonance; the green and orange seats with the wooden table along with the sofa set in the other nook should look very dissimilar, but they don’t. That is because there is a unity in the design – maybe it is the orange color or maybe it’s the wicker design of the furniture – but it adds a cohesiveness to the overall design.



2. Balance

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Balance is about evening out the scales in your interior design. If there is one heavy-set object in your interior design at one end, then it needs to be balanced with something at the other end too. For example, the round dining table set in this interior is balanced out by the four vertical louvers just behind it. This is how you can create a visual balance in your interior designs.


3. Rhythm

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Rhythm is something that keeps your eye engaged within the interior design. it is something that creates interest in your interior designs. It can be a pattern, a furniture object or even something like a ceiling design. Rhythm has been created in this particular interior with the colorful book spines arranged artfully in the shelves of the reading table.



4. Harmony

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Harmony creates a sense of oneness in an interior design with dissimilar objects. It can be achieved by using the same materials in different looking designs, or it can even be created with decoration pieces. This interior uses light wooden texture in the tabletop, cupboard and media wall to create a sense of harmony in the design.



5. Symmetry

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 Symmetry is used to create a sense of familiarity in the design. It is created by using similar patterns all throughout the design. This makes it easier for the mind to comprehend the overall design. This interior uses side tables to create symmetry in the overall design.

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